Amanda has worked in children’s policy both as a researcher and campaigner for the last 25 years; first for The Children’s Society and NCH (now Action for Children) and latterly as Head of Policy and Communications for Treehouse, the autism education charity.
During that time she covered a diverse range of areas including youth unemployment, leaving care, homelessness, family support and issues facing disabled children and their families. Amanda is passionate about participation and whilst at NCH developed a charity award-winning youth arts participation project.
Amanda has researched and written extensively on issues affecting disadvantaged groups of young people.
After a period as a freelance consultant, Amanda is now Assistant Director at CDC. Amanda’s areas of responsibility include health and participation.
During her time at CDC, Amanda has significantly increased the organisation's engagement with health bodies and research organisations and was one of the key researchers in a joint NIHR funded project with Exeter University which researched parent/carer and children and young people’s priorities in terms of health outcomes.